In the event of an emergency situation, it is imperative that rescue personnel are adequately trained and prepared for any crisis that may arise. Sampson Community College will begin offering three new programs in the fall that will leave students highly trained for that emergency situation.
Students and prospective students will have the opportunity this fall to enroll in Medical Assisting, Emergency Medical Science or Emergency Management Technology programs through the local community college.
“When a community college expands its program offerings, it provides new educational and training opportunities for the region it serves,” SCC president Dr. Paul Hutchins said. “The impact for Sampson County in the years ahead will be the influx of highly trained potential employees ready to enter the workforce in Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services and Medical Assisting.”
According to Blair Hairr, Dean of Student Services, many students are beginning to show an interest in health care of public service, while not necessarily being interested in nursing or law enforcement. In an effort to provide more options, the college has implemented the new courses of study.
“It is important that Sampson Community College offers programs that serve the interest of prospective students and the needs of Sampson County,” Hairr said. “Many prospective students are interested in the health care or public service fields, but not necessarily nursing or law enforcement. We are excited to expand our program options this fall, as we know this will provide an opportunity for prospective students interested in Medical Assisting, Emergency Medical Science, and Emergency Management Technology.”
According to Richard Stephenson, director of Allied Health, Emergency Services, Fire and Rescue Programs and Public Safety, the Emergency Management curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation of technical and professional knowledge needed for emergency services delivery in local and state government agencies. Study involves both management and technical aspects of law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical services and emergency planning.
The Emergency Management program is divided into three track options. There is a fire training track, and EMS/EMT training track and a general training track. Those students who are interested in becoming a professional fire fighter, EMT or wanting to work with local, state and federal government entities are encouraged to pursue one of these tracks.
“This program would allow local students interested in firefighting, EMT, or emergency management the opportunity to receive an AAS degree that would allow them to be hired and/or advance in governmental positions,” Darrell Matthews, division chair for business and occupational technologies, said.
Matthews added that this program will provide additional training towards managing emergencies.
Emergency Medical Science
According to Stephenson, the Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system and prepares graduates to enter the workforce.
“The Emergency Medical Science degree program prepares students to progress from entry level response preparedness to the delivery of advanced prehospital care,” Stephenson said. “The program affords students to earn their Emergency Medical Technician certification at the conclusion of the first semester, and then begin the progression to paramedic.”
Coursework throughout the program allows students to earn specialty credentials that are required by most employers, such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, PreHospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Stroke Life Support and Emergency Vehicle Driver, just to name a few.
“One of the greatest benefits of this program is the recognition of prior training and certification,” Stephenson said. “Students who have earned their EMT or paramedic may be eligible for course credit.”
The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures.
“As SCC was limited in the number of healthcare programs offered, EMS (Paramedic) and Medical Assisting will provide an additional choice for students who are interested in obtaining a degree in the medical field,” Wanda Capps, division chair of health programs, said. “The EMS program would provide an opportunity for a number of staff serving in career departments in Sampson and surrounding counties access to credit coursework to support advancement in their career ladder while also allowing the advancement of entry-level employees to career opportunities beyond their current assignment.”
According to Dr. Bill Starling, vice president of academic affairs and administration, offering the Medical Assisting program offers more options for students.
“The addition of Medical Assisting will provide students seeking employment in the medical field a program of study outside of the nursing continuum that can provide employment opportunities in medical offices and a growing number of clinical settings,” Starling said. “We believe this program is the appropriate choice for many of our students seeking local and regional jobs. The program is offered at other community colleges in our geographic region.”
According to Capps, the EMS (Paramedic) and the Medical Assisting programs are both five semester programs which begin in the fall of 2016. Both of the programs will consist of classroom, lab and clinical instruction in the respective disciplines.
Upon completion of the student’s desired program, the students who participated in the programs would be awarded an associate in applied science degree. The EMS program will also offer a bridge option. The EMS bridging option is a degree completion track that allows certified, non-degree paramedics to achieve an associate of applied science in Emergency Medical Science.
Additionally, high school students interested in these programs may jump start their degree through Career and College Promise during their junior and senior year, and begin making plans for the future and their college path.
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